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Reyes-Zaga, H.A.
Biopolitics and disposable bodies: A critical reading of Almazán’s Entre perros
(2014) Latin American Perspectives, 41 (2), pp. 189-201.

Until now, little has been said about Mexican literature’s relationship with drug trafficking. While the literature influenced by drug trafficking may be seen as opportunistic and as promoting the dissolution of society and advocating crime, it not only contributes to the reproduction of the current violent Mexican imaginary but also appears to question the political and economic decentralization of neoliberalism and its role in making human beings disposable. Examining an example of this genre, Alejandro Almazán’s Entre perros (2009), in terms of the concept of biopolitics developed by Michel Foucault and others reveals it to be a denunciation of the effects of drug trafficking on Mexican society. The narconarrative raises the possibility of thinking about a state in which ethics and human rights are attainable.

Author Keywords
Biopolitics; Disposable humanity; Drug trafficking; Narconarrative; Violence

DOI: 10.1177/0094582X13509799

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